The B.C. Lions will once again have a two-headed monster in the backfield for 2014.
The club signed veteran running back Stefan Logan to a contract extension on Monday after he returned to Lions in October and helped spark a stagnant ground game.
“Stefan demonstrated last season that he gives our offence an added dimension,” Lions general manager Wally Buono said in a statement. “His speed, athleticism and football instincts make him a very valuable piece of the kind of championship-calibre team we’re building.”
Logan, who began his career with the Lions in 2008 and will be 33 when training camp opens, returned to B.C. last season after four years in the NFL.
He carried the ball 33 times for 236 yards and a touchdown in three games with the Lions before adding nine carriers for 53 yards and two TDs in B.C.’s playoff loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
“Few players are a threat to score each time the ball is in their hands and Stefan is one of those rare players,” said Lions head coach Mike Benevides.
Prior to his return, the Lions had failed to register a 100-yard rusher for 10 straight games as running back Andrew Harris struggled behind a leaky offensive line.
Logan’s return the lineup meant a renewed emphasis on running the ball and helped Harris, who registered 102 yards rushing in the season finale before adding 93 more in the post-season defeat.
“I am very happy to get this extension done,” said Logan, who also returns kickoffs and punts. “We have a very talented team heading into this season and I can’t wait to see what Andrew and I can do together.”